Remembering Madiba

The agriculture sector comes together to mourn the passing of a truly great man.

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# With his humility and sincere wish to serve his country to the best of his ability, no matter the personal cost, Nelson Mandela showed South Africa, and the world, what it takes to be a good leader. He knew that in order for South Africa to prosper we all need to forgive past injustices and work together for a better future. We can all learn from his example.

Goodbye Madiba, you will be missed.  Farmer’s Weekly editor Alita van der Walt

# Nelson Mandela’s life and contributions served as an example to South Africa and the world of dignity and leadership. His conciliatory attitude was a determining factor for South Africa’s young democracy and nation building. He will be remembered as South Africa’s ‘Madiba’, who fulfilled his task as head of state with vision and compassion. His zeal for a free society and equal opportunities for all made him world-wide a highly respected leader.

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Mr Mandela’s legacy serves as a worthy example and inspiration for leaders in civil society and the political environment. He not only worked for a free society, but also regularly reminded us of the responsibility that accompanies freedom. In his own words: After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom, comes responsibilities, and I dare not to linger, for my long walk is not yet ended. Agri SA president Johannes Möller

# The passing of Nelson Mandela is not only a very sad day in the history of South Africa and all of its people, but also for the whole world. The values and humanity that he brought to the world, despite considerable suffering over a number of decades, have touched people across the globe, and especially South Africans, far beyond what can be expected of any single person.

His leadership and statesmanship no doubt saved South Africa from civil war and disastrous collapse on many an occasion, and he can truly be called the Father of the New South Africa.

The magnitude of his forgiveness and reconciliation was the major building block for our country, and the challenge and responsibility for South Africans, and people across the world, is to build on his immense legacy in order to make the world a better place for all. – Agricultural Business Chamber (AGBIZ)

#President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela sacrificed his life at the expense of his family, for the good of the people of South Africa, Africa and the World.

He continuously promoted peace, justice and reconciliation in our country and beyond. Today the entire global village is benefiting from his unique, God-given leadership and teachings.

When President Mandela retired from public life in 2008, he said, “It is in your hands”, which clearly meant that all of us must do our part in building on the foundation he laid for us.

In honouring the legacy of Nelson Mandela, we as farmers must continue with the journey of reconciliation and effective and sustainable transformation of the agriculture sector.

As farmers, we are deeply indebted to Tata Madiba, for it’s because of his legacy that black farmers are on the increase. They are now beginning to take their rightful place in rural South Africa and are contributing to the eradication of hunger, poverty and joblessness in our country. – Motsepe Matlala, president of the National African Farmers Union.